How to Qualify for Medical Marijuana in NM
What is the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program?
Senate bill 523, approved by then governor Bill Richardson, was signed into law in the spring of 2007. The purpose of the bill was to remove criminal penalties for patients who use or posses marijuana for medical reasons. The state created a system to regulate licenses for patients, caregivers, and providers under the New Mexico Department of Health. The program’s official name is New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program.
Protections from Criminal and Civil Penalties New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program
An enrolled patient or caregiver shall be protected from arrest, prosecution, or penalties for the use or possession of medical cannabis as long as the amount of cannabis does not exceed what’s specified on your medical cannabis card. Typically, the amount allowed is 230 grams in New Mexico.
Restrictions and Limitations New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program.
1. You are liable for damages and/or criminal prosecution if you are under the influence of cannabis while driving a vehicle.
2. You cannot possess or use cannabis in a school bus or public vehicle
3. You cannot posesss or use cannabis on or near school grounds
4. You cannot possess or use cannabis in any workplace setting
5. You cannot possess or use cannabis in any public place such as parks, recreational centers or youth centers.
Medical conditions that qualify for medical cannabis in New Mexico
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
Hepatits C infection *
Inclusive Body Myositis
Inflammatory Autoimmune Mediated Arthritis
Damage to the nervous tissue to the spinal cord *
Painful Peripheral Neuropathy
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
Severe Chronic Pain6
Spasmotic Torticollis (Cervical Dystonia)
Requirements for becoming a medical marijuana patient in New Mexico
1. A new patient must be a resident of new mexico with proof of residency.
2. You must have a NM Driver’s License or ID.
3. You must have medical records or documentation from a PCP or primary care provider documenting your diagnosis or medical condition. It is a must that you have access to your medical records before you decide to schedule an appointment with a qualified medical cannabis doctor.